Christopher K. Ivy Joins Interstate Hotels & Resorts as Executive Vice President, Development and Acquisitions

ARLINGTON, Va., 2012-08-28 — / — Interstate Hotels & Resorts today announced that Christopher K. Ivy joined the company as executive vice president, development and acquisitions. In his new position, he will focus on sourcing business development projects within the select-service sector. Ivy will report to Interstate’s chief investment officer, Leslie Ng.

Ng noted that Ivy’s appointment compliments a strong team that includes Edward J. Blum, Interstate’s executive vice president, development and acquisitions who is focused on the full-service and resorts sectors.

“Chris has more than 20 years of experience acquiring and developing hotels, working through every economic cycle and in every sector of the industry,” said Ng. “His experience with several leading international brands and strong industry relationships, combined with our reputation as world-class operators of select-service hotels, will be pivotal for our growth going forward.”

Ivy joins Interstate from Hyatt Hotels Corporation where he most recently was senior vice president, real estate and development, where he oversaw a department that was responsible for the development of Hyatt-branded hotels in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. During his seven-year tenure, he also launched the Hyatt select-service platform outside the United States. Prior to joining Hyatt, Ivy served as vice president, lodging development for Marriott International, where he led the expansion of Marriott brands in the western U.S. and Hawaii. His brand experience started at Westin
Hotels and Resorts. Earlier in his career, Ivy managed property acquisitions for American General Hospitality Corporation.

About Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging and Jin Jiang, is the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company, operating branded full- and select-service hotels and resorts, convention centers and independent hotels worldwide. Interstate and its affiliates manage 371 hotels with approximately 69,000 rooms in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, including six wholly-owned hotels. In addition, Interstate has executed agreements to manage 45 hotels with over 8,300 rooms under construction or development throughout the world.

For more information, visit Connect with Interstate at,, and


For Immediate Release
Chris Daly/Lauralee Dobbins
Daly Gray
(703) 435-6293